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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (original 1975; edition 1980)

by Verna Aardema

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Title:Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
Authors:Verna Aardema
Info:Scholastic (1980), Paperback
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Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema (1975)


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Great tale from Africa. Can be used to teach about misunderstandings, misconceptions, and assumptions. It would be a great project to have kids use the same collage illustration as in the book to illustrate their favorite scene from the book.
  hugo.johnson | Aug 15, 2014 |
Tags: Multicultural, Flies, Tall Tales

Summary: A book about someone telling stories to everyone they can really get them to listen too. Almost like in todays society one person tells a story about someone or something and then by the end of the day, that story is now ten times worse then it was when the story was first told in the early morning. In this book begins when a mosquito tell the iguana a tall tale then its get said another way to the next thing, etc.

Personal Reactions: Its a very funny and down to earth book of just how far a tall tale can go and how far will one let it go before stopping the next person and it getting out of control.

Extension Ideas: You can really teach little people the difference in a 'tall tale' and an out right 'lie'. ( )
  armyflyingguy | Jul 18, 2014 |
This classic is about a bunch of mishaps that happen due to one mosquito telling a tall tale. A mosquito told a iguana that a farmer picked a yam as big as him which led to a lot of events which ended up killing a baby owl. When the mother owl, who wakes the sun in this tale, returned to her nest she saw her dead owl baby. Now when she refused to call the sun anymore the animals got called to a meeting to discuss what happened . Now when the other animals kept blaming the previous animal it eventually led back to the mosquito. Mother owl satisfied that the animals planned to punish the mosquito called the sun. Well the mosquito runs away and to this day still buzzes in peoples ears questioning if people are still mad at him.

This books is one that I will definitely be reading to my son because it has such a good message that is displayed in a great way. This is a book that i personally feel needs to be read to kids of all ages so that they can maybe understand the repercussions that a simple lie can cause.

Children can hopefully see the artwork in this book and maybe seek more information about African
cultures. They also can have an assignment where they can write about what would of happened if the mosquito did not tell that lie. And also they can draw all the animals that the mosquito lied too so they can get a some practice on learning about the different animals.
  RaymondGraham | Jun 29, 2014 |
“Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” is a Caldecott Award winning folktale from Africa about the consequences of lying to other people and how they affect others. Verna Aardema’s playful narrative and Leo and Diane Dillon’s colorful and vibrant illustrations make this book an instant treat for children and adults alike. ( )
  Stsmurphy | Jun 7, 2014 |
This Folklore tells the story about why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. The story begins with an eager mosquito trying to spread the word about a farmers work and turns into a game of telephone with the other jungle animals. Unfortunately one of the animals accidentally kill an owlet during the excitement. After back tracking through the gossip, they animals find that it started with the mosquitoes. The mosquito feels terribly and too this day goes around buzzing in people's ears "Zee! Is everybody still angry at me?".
  Shoshanabrmsn | May 21, 2014 |
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Dillon, DianeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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For Marcia VanDuinen who heard this story first
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One morning a mosquito saw an iguana drinking at a waterhole.
Is everyone still mad at me?
Mosquito told me such a big lie, I couldn't bear to listen to it. So I put sticks in my ears.
I'd rather be deaf than listen to such nonsense!
It was the mosquito's fault
The mosquito said, "I saw a farmer digging yams that were almost as big as I am."
"What's a mosquito compared to a yam?" snapped the iguana grumpily.
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This West African pourquoi tale explains why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. It all starts with Mosquito telling a lie to Iguana. Tired of listening to Mosquito, Iguana puts twigs in his own ears. When Python tries to talk to Iguana and Iguana doesn't respond to him, it sets off a chain of events that leads to the sun not rising in the morning. King Lion must learn the story of the events leading back to Mosquito's lie in order to get Mother Owl to call the sun. The story is enhanced by beautiful Caldecott winning illustrations.

If you enjoyed this story, try "Ahanti to Zulu: African Traditions".
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